Club: Udinese (Italy)
Position: Attacking Midfielder/Central Midfielder/Defensive Midfielder
Former Clubs: Liberty (Ghana), Bellinzona (Switzerland), Torino (Italy)
While many are tipping the Ivory Coast to lift this year’s Africa Cup of Nations trophy, only a fool would dismiss Ghana’s chances after the fantastic progress that the Black Stars have made in the past few years. As they made their way through their group and into the latter stages of South Africa 2010, Ghana flew the flag for the whole African continent. While plaudits often go to frontmen Asamoah Gyan and, more recently, André “Dédé” Ayew, the man that really makes Ghana tick is Kwadwo Asamoah.
Kwadwo’s role as the link between defense and attack is vital and his energy seemingly endless. Winner of Africa’s Most Promising Player Award in 2010, Asamoah’s maturity and calmness on the pitch are remarkable given the fact that he is only 23 years of age. He possesses that rare combination of pace and strength, which form the pillars of his game, and his versatility makes him very valuable to have in your squad. ‘Kojo’ already has 37 International caps and 1 goal to his name and is clearly a future candidate for national team captain. Whenever you have the chance to hear Asamoah speak, however, humility and modesty are the two words that spring to mind. He clearly appreciates the opportunities that have been given to him, opportunities which many of his fellow countrymen could never even dream of, and he’s determined to work hard and succeed. Despite his growing ability and obvious potential, Asamoah isn’t the type of player to court the limelight and routinely denies rumours linking him with ‘bigger’ clubs. And with Udinese’s reputation growing every year due to impressive performances both in Serie A and Europe and their eye-catching brand of fast-paced football, he has no reason to look elsewhere at the moment.
A brief audio interview with Kwadwo Asamoah is available here on the BBC site, and Nike have some Youtube videos featuring the player: